Reinforcing the sovereign functions of the Nigerien State to restore a peaceful society - AJUSEN
For several years now, in addition to regional challenges, such as the harmful effects of climate change, not to mention the development of organized crime and human trafficking across the entire Sahel-Saharan region, Niger has had to deal with local threats which are beyond its response capacities. The whole territory has seen an increasingly tangible multiplication of threats and attacks by violent groups coming from neighboring countries. What is more, the country is a transit zone for migratory flows. Despite undeniable efforts, it has become difficult for the government to provide an adequate response to all of these challenges.
In this context, the “Support for Justice, Security and Border Management in Niger” project aims to restore and consolidate the role of the Nigerien State, more specifically in its sovereign functions. This is in keeping with the general lines of the strategy implemented by the European Union for the region, in particular that concerning “Peace, justice and efficient institutions” intended to restore the basis of a peaceful society with stable institutions. The project supports the deployment of sovereign administrations, particularly to reinforce internal security and Justice.
Building the basis of a peaceful and stable society
The project has several components in the field. In the first instance, it increases the government’s financial capacity, particularly by developing its capacities to manage public finances and security, and with special attention paid to the fight against corruption. It also reinforces the role of Justice in effectively fighting against organized crime and improving protection for victims of human trafficking. Ultimately, the project reinforces the capacities of the different security forces with a civil mandate, such as the National Guard, Gendarmerie, Police and Customs, and to better control the borders, it supports cross-border collaboration with Mali and Burkina Faso.
In June 2019, several results were achieved:
- Eight regional command posts were created and put into operation. Their purpose is to ensure on-the-ground coordination for security forces (Agadez, Diffa, Dosso, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabéry, Zinder, and Niamey)
- Eight new border police posts were put into operation
- Construction/renovation was started up for two permanent posts for the domestic security forces, along the Libyan border
- Renovation work on the Dirkou airstrip was started
- The coordination committees of the criminal chain at the Niamey Regional Court have made it possible to find practical solutions to the dysfunctions encountered between the public prosecutor and the prison
- Logistical and IT equipment from the National Agency to Combat Trafficking in Persons/Illegal Trafficking in Migrants and the Bureau d’Entraide Pénale Internationale (BEPI) were provided
- The legal framework of the BEPI and the definition of its organizational chart and job profiles have been consolidated
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